Bishnoi (Hindu traditions) in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Bishnoi are a community of nature worshippers. The guru who founded the sect directed the worship of lord Vishnu (Bishnu), hence the name Bishnoi. On one day in the year 1730, 363 Bishnoi individuals voluntarily gave up their own lives in order to spare the cutting of trees growing near their village. The first lady to resist the tree cutters said, "If a tree is saved even at the cost of one's head, it's worth it." The axe intended for the tree severed her head, the first of 363 deaths.

The Bishnoi people live mainly in Rajasthan, a dry state in India’s west.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They don’t eat meat, chop down trees or harm the local environment. Bishnoi women have been known to nurse fawns whose mothers have been killed by poachers. Western environmentalists are fascinated with their ways, so they have contact with outsiders.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Today the Bishnois worship various Hindu gods, especially Vishnu. They believe all life is sacred; to harm the environment is to harm oneself. The Bishnoi people live by 29 principles given them by Shree Guru Jambeshwar. Some of these overlap with the 10 Commandments.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bishnoi people need to give their hearts and minds to the God of Heaven; He alone can bring them to eternal life. They also need protection. The Bishnoi people often have conflicts with dangerous poachers.


Prayer Points

Pray for protection for the Bishnoi people who face dangerous intruders.

Pray for Christian families to soon be found in the Bishnoi community. May they be granted the gift of faith to believe and accept the eternal life offered by Jesus Christ.

May the Bishnoi give their hearts and minds to the Creator.

Pray for relationships between loving believers and Bishnoi elders.


Scripture Prayers for the Bishnoi (Hindu traditions) in India.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2020/03/31

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2012/09/20

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishnoi

https://www.anamoralesblog.com/en/bishnois-ecologists-of-the-thar-desert/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-20
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-20
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-03-31
People Name General Bishnoi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bishnoi (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation bish-NOY
Population this Country 786,000
Population all Countries 788,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 16
Alternate Names Bishnoi; Bisnoi; Marwadi; Marwari; Vighiamal; Vishio; Vishnoi; Visro; Wisnoi; बिश्नोई (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16464
ROP3 Code 111628
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 10
Largest States
Rajasthan
413,000
Uttar Pradesh
157,000
Odisha
118,000
Haryana
83,000
Madhya Pradesh
4,600
Delhi
1,600
Punjab
1,300
Himachal Pradesh
600
Gujarat
400
Chandigarh
90
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 10
  Rajasthan 413,000
  Uttar Pradesh 157,000
  Odisha 118,000
  Haryana 83,000
  Madhya Pradesh 4,600
  Delhi 1,600
  Punjab 1,300
  Himachal Pradesh 600
  Gujarat 400
  Chandigarh 90
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (298,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Marwari
198,000
Odia
98,000
Bagri
30,000
Dhundari
16,000
Haryanvi
8,400
Punjabi, Eastern
7,600
Mewari
2,300
Shekhawati
1,900
Bengali
1,000
Gujarati
900
Wagdi
300
Kangri
300
Primary Language Hindi (298,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Marwari 198,000
  Odia 98,000
  Bagri 30,000
  Dhundari 16,000
  Haryanvi 8,400
  Punjabi, Eastern 7,600
  Mewari 2,300
  Shekhawati 1,900
  Bengali 1,000
  Gujarati 900
  Wagdi 300
  Kangri 300
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub) Create International
Film / Video Coconuts Create International
Film / Video Creation to Christ Create International
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.98 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more